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Property Details

Updated: Mar 31, 2015
House, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, Sleeps 6

This charming 3 bedroom lake-side cottage is situated on a quiet Cul-de-sac and features all new travertine floors, carpet, tile and paint. There are ceiling fans in every room, central air conditioning and cable TV throughout with DVD players. A large screened-in porch with swing, rockers, and Ping-Pong will give hours of relaxation and fun. The large Patio has a picnic table with BBQ grill and a firepit surronded by chairs. From there, it's a short, gentle walk to the single slip boat dock with deep water always for fishing, swimming, boating and just about any other activity on the water. Boat launch and rentals are just 2-3 miles away at Vann's Tavern boat launch and Port Royale Marina.

This rental has a 6 person limit for number of overnight guests.


  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We live next door to the rental property but it is very private and we respect our guests privacy. There are woods on the other side with winter views of the lake. If there is ever any need, we can quickly be of assistance. Since we are dog lovers, your pets are welcome also.

Speaks:: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
March 31, 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

We truly enjoyed our stay in your very charming home. You have provided all of the comforts of home combined with the relaxation of a vacation on the lake. We had a wonderful time and appreciate your true hospitality.

Bob, Mary Jean, Chris, Brad, Heather & Sophia
Aug 2011
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24 Reviews

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Secluded Lakeside Cottage with Deep Water Boat Dock
Gainesville Lake Lanier


  • of 5
this is a wonderful and well maintained cabin with wonderful owners. It was perfect for a week long getaway with family.
  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Secluded Lakeside Cottage with Deep Water Boat Dock
Gainesville Lake Lanier

Would rate this 6 stars if it was available!

  • 5 of 5
Couldn't have asked for a better rental or experience! Place was completely redone and modern; beds extremely comfortable, very clean, all of the comforts of home. Great location, nice dock; we enjoyed gathering around the fire pit with the family at night. Melanie and Rich have done a beautiful job decorating, the kitchen is completely stocked even for making a Thanksgiving meal! We can't wait to come back when the weather is warmer to try out the lake activities. Thanks!
  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We kept our guests in mind when we decided to rent our lakeside cottage and are very pleased with the home-like result. Having families meet from all over the country (and even the world!) at our secluded location on Lake Lanier has been a great success. Look for special winter rates for a short or extended stay to try us out and plan your return for the spring or summer.
Secluded Lakeside Cottage with Deep Water Boat Dock
Gainesville Lake Lanier

Clean, beautiful, great location, & well managed!

Clean, beautiful, great location, & well managed!
  • 5 of 5
Our vacation began with the booking. This team is managing this property very professionally! Very responsive, informative and courteous. Then a few days before our arrival Melanie reached out to tell us about the local festivals. We arrive with simple instructions and access to the house. It's immaculate. laundry room, adorable bedrooms beautifully decorated, it felt like home. Beds were so comfortable! Everything is well stocked - way above and beyond what you might expect including firewood, games, canoe and fishing poles. Unbelievable! We will definitely be coming back! Thank you Melanie and Rich!
  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Whether it's a family getaway or an all girls weekend they all seem to enjoy the cottage that brings them together. The location is very convenient if you need anything but we've made it so you don't ever have to leave!
Secluded Lakeside Cottage with Deep Water Boat Dock
Gainesville Lake Lanier

Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5
It was an easy trip from the airport to get to this wonderful, lakeside cottage. It was comfortable, cozy and had everything we needed for a great vacation. We had fun with the canoe, kayak and firepit, and many games of ping pong. We were never bored and our kids did not ask to play computer games because they were having so much fun outside! Rich and Melanie are great hosts and have created an awesome vacation home! We will definitely return in the near future.
  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Secluded Lakeside Cottage with Deep Water Boat Dock
Gainesville Lake Lanier

My family summer vacation! AWESOME

  • 5 of 5
WOW! This was the greatest family vacation we have ever had. The place was awesome. The house was cute, The outside is somewhat rustic, but from the second you walk in you see the very modern updates. The real feature is the lake of course. The dock is a short walk down a trail from the house. Once there the U-shaped dock is great. I think we were there 15 minutes before the kids were jumping off the dock and swimming like fishes. Bring your water shoes, the dock (as are most all wooden docks) is a little splintery. The water at the dock is very deep (they provided several life jackets, but for fun floating bring them.)
The location was great, close enough to local shopping, and a decent ride to the bigger towns of Gainsville and Cumming where if you can't find it there you don't need it.
I could go on for hours about this vacation, but I will end it here with Rich and Melanie were the best neighbors. They were a great resource of local knowledge, but never intrusive. One of the best days we had in the water at the dock was when they were down there on their dock. They are great people, there is a sign on the wall when you first walk in that says "Walk in as strangers, leave as friends" This couldn't be more true. I highly recommend this rental. We plan to return in the fall for a mountain, leaf peeping get away.
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We love that so many have enjoyed our cottage and we look forward to our guests that are planning to visit again! Autumn is right around the corner, book your stay with us soon!
Secluded Lakeside Cottage with Deep Water Boat Dock
Gainesville Lake Lanier

Memorial Day Weekend

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I rented this property for the extended weekend prior to Memorial Day. The Madden's were very quick to respond to our request and offered great customer services.

The location of this property on the water was a big selling point for us. It is conveniently located between Gainesville and Cumming near Port Royal Marine. The dock, only a few short steps from the house, is in great shape in a deep water (no ski) cove. The dock was also very clean and offered ample seating for all our guest.

We really enjoyed the layout of the house with all the bed rooms on the main floor and living/entertaining area on the terrace level near the water. This made trips to/from the dock/house quick and easy. In addition, the concrete patio and screened in porch were very well maintained and offered ample space and seating for entertaining.

Overall, we found the house to be exceptionally clean and well maintained. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return before the end of summer.
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are just a few short bends in the creek to the big open water so our location never disappoints.
We welcome family and friend gatherings for a great time and look forward to many returning visitors. We've made a priority to maintain a perfectly clean and well stocked home for your arrival.


From the Owner

We have remodeled my Grandfather's cabin with updated amenities and furnishings that you will surely appreciate as appropriate for lakeside living. We have a dual zoned central heat and air, 3 full sized bedrooms and 1 full bath located between. A 4th bedroom was converted to a laundry room with a full sized washer and dryer. There is a 1/2 bath located next to the living area downstairs by the screen porch and patio. The screen porch area has rockers and a swing with ping-pong for hours of fun and relaxation. The spacious patio has an outdoor fire pit, picnic table and chairs for family and friends to gather and share the fun. The private dock is just that-a private dock for your use and no sharing with the owner! It has a single slip, sundeck and lounge chairs. The canoe and kayak are for our guests use also. The deep water at the dock guarantees enough water for year round use.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Atlanta ATL at 55 Miles Nearest Barpub : Port Royale's Pelican Pete's at 2 Miles Nearest Golf : Lake Lanier Islands at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : GA 400 at 5.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Rice at 5 Miles Nearest Beach : Lake Lanier Islands at 5 Miles Car: necessary

* House boat, ski boat, pontoon boats and jet-ski rentals at Port Royale Marina, 2 miles

* Close to the big open Sailing waters and Lake Lanier Islands!

* Fishing and swimming from your own private dock

* Close to all the Lake-side restaurants at Port Royale Marina, Sunset Cove, Hide-away Bay Marina, Aqualand Marina, and Holiday Marina.

* Premium Outlet Mall is just a few minutes away!

* Lake Lanier Islands for beach park, public beach, public golf course and many other activities!

* Visit Helen, Dahlonega, and other mountain resort locations just a short drive away


From $115 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 8 2015 - Apr 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Apr 2 2015 - May 15 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
May 16 2015 - Sep 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2015 - Jan 7 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $250
  • Cleaning fee $120
  • Pet Fee $75
  • Tax Rate 3.0%

Rates are seasonal and can be based on number of guests. There is a strict 6 person overnight guest limit. Owners must be notified regarding pets and no cats 100% refund for cancellations made 30 or more days before check-in date. Cancellations made less than 30 days from Check-in date will be 100% refunded if the property can be rented. Available alternate dates will be offered if no refund.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Updated: Mar 31, 2015


From the Owner

On the Lake, centrally located, close to shopping, restaurants, and 3 grocery stores within 5 miles.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1200 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower
  • Half Bathroom - toilet
  • Shower is walk-in


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms have lake or forest views


  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • * NOW with WI-FI! * Single slip Boat Dock with sun deck * Cable TV with DVD players including large Flat Screen TV * Ceiling Fans and central AC * Screened-in porch with swing and rockers plus ping pong * All new kitchen with granite counter tops, new appliances and all utensils * All linens and towels included * Large patio with BBQ grill, picnic table, fire pit and chairs * Lake or forest view from every bedroom * Seperate laundry room with full size washer and dryer

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